Change is a constant in life, wise men tell us, so its always best to be prepared for things to be different today than they were yesterday. Still, it may have come as a shock to long-time National Underwriter readers to notice that the byline that accompanied the Washington dateline in some of our upfront news stories last week was not Steven Brostoffs.

After some 25 years with National Underwriter, 19 of them as Washington editor, Steve decided it was time to strike out on his own and test the waters of entrepreneurship. He is now the editor and publisher of Liability & Insurance Week, a newsletter that focuses on tort and insurance litigation.

It is difficult to express how much someone like Steve Brostoff has contributed to the success and sterling reputation of National Underwriter, not only in Washington, where he enjoyed the respect of colleagues and sources alike, but also with our readers all across the country. Suffice to say that his contribution over the years was enormous, that he covered all the bases in Washington and kept us up-to-date on all manner of issues that concerned the insurance business.

We wish Steve well in his new venture and thank him for all those years of dedicated service. And we can assure him that he will be remembered here as “one helluva reporter.” For journalists, there is no higher accolade.

Fortunately, as circumstances would have it, we are not going to be left high and dry in our coverage of insurance doings in the nations capital. For while Steve Brostoffs byline was not over the Washington dateline last week, Arthur D. Postals was.

Postal also has been around Washington a long time and knows the ins and outs of the business like the back of his hand. Postal has been Washington bureau chief of the Insurance Chronicle, a publication that became part of the Highline Media family with the recent purchase by Highline of Thomson Financial Insurance Solutions.

Also joining the National Underwriter staff from the Insurance Chronicle are Matt Brady, associate editor in Washington, and Steven Tuckey, New York editor.

We look forward to seeing more and more of their articles in NU in the coming weeks and feel confident that reporting from Washington is in good hands.

While we are on the topic of personnel, Im happy to say that two of our crack reportersAllison Bell and Trevor Thomashave been promoted to Associate Editors.

The indefatigable Allison has been the Web editor for our National Underwriter Life & Health site since it began. Those of you who receive our daily e-mail updates of the days top stories know how valuable a source of news and information these updates are.

Allison has also for the last few years edited our twice-yearly Employee Benefits supplements as well as numerous other focus issues having to do with health and/or disability insurance.

Trevor Thomas, who has long covered banks in insurance, is also responsible for long term care insurance and worksite sales. He, too, is a regular contributor to the news provided on our Web site.

Finally, I would like to welcome Tom Fowler as vice president and group publisher of the Insurance Magazine Division. Among the highlights on Fowlers resum? is his time as head of the Investment Management Group at Thomson Media, where he oversaw such brands as Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Bank Investment Consultant and Employee Benefit News. Its hard to imagine a better fit with National Underwriter.

A magazines quality is only as good as the people who produce it. Weve been fortunate that throughout our long history we have had people of Steve Brostoffs caliber writing for us. With our current staff I have every confidence this great tradition will continue.

Steve Piontek

Editor-in-Chief


Reproduced from National Underwriter Edition, July 22, 2004. Copyright 2004 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.